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My govt didn't pay Rs 10 crore to ULFA: Assam CM

Onkar Singh in New Delhi | January 29, 2007 21:41 IST

Assam Chief Minister Tarun Gogoi on Monday lost his cool when a media person asked him whether it was true that his government had paid Rs 10 crore to the United Liberation Front of Assam and pleading with the terrorist group not to carry out any attack when the state would be hosting the 33rd National Games from Feburary 9-18.

"I am going to take legal action against the Northeastern television channel owned by former congressman Matang Singh, who has been making false allegations on his television channel since being thrown out of the party," Gogoi thundered.

He sought to assure media persons and the rest of the country that National Games participants and spectators will be given full protection.

"There is no place in the world that can be said to be safe in the current scenario. I will like to give my personal assurance that there would be no security problem during the national games. It is our primary duty to provide security and protection to athletes and dignitaries who would be present for the games," he said.

The state government has deployed 20 extra companies of the Central police forces to ensure that everything passes off smoothly. Congress president Sonia Gandhi would inaugurate the games on February 9 while Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will attend the closing ceremony on Feburary 18.

Over 6000 athletes and 2000 officials from 32 states and Union Territories will take part in the National Games in 32 events spread over 20 venues that have been raised with an expenditure of Rs 330 crore.

He denied that his state government was showing softness towards the ULFA and was giving them a chance to regroup by agreeing to ceasefire.

"I admit that they have used the time to regroup themselves. We have started taking stern action against the ULFA cadre in last few weeks. There is no question of giving up before them," he said.